Brett Davis, USA Today Sports

Hawks continue dominance over Hornets at home, drop Charlotte 97-94

Charlotte's rally cut short Friday night against the Hawks in Atlanta

The Charlotte Hornets (0-2) dropped its second consecutive game of the season Friday night at Philips Arena as it fell to the Atlanta Hawks (2-1). Charlotte has lost 15 of its last 17 contests in Atlanta.

Charlotte had a chance to tie the game trailing by three points after the Hawks’ Paul Milsap turned the ball over on an inbound pass at half court with 2.8 seconds remaining in the final frame.

Kemba Walker—who tallied 13 points and six assists on the night—received a clean inbound pass and released a shot in time to beat the clock, but the ball clanked off back iron, giving Atlanta a 97-94 victory over Charlotte. 

Charlotte cut a 14-point lead after going on an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter, fueled by two threes from Marvin Williams and Jeremy Lin. 

The Hornets were 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from three-point land in the final period.

Nicolas Batum—who made his first four shots—led the team with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting. All three Charlotte frontcourt starters finished with double-doubles against the Hawks: Al Jefferson (10 points, 11 rebounds), Williams (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Batum (14 points, 11 rebounds). 

Williams recorded his second double-double in as many games; he recorded only one last season.

All five starters for the Hawks finished in double figure scoring, led by rookie Kent Bazemore with 19. Paul Milsap recorded Atlanta’s only double-double on the night with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

P.J. Hairston earned his second start of the season at the small forward position and tallied only 3 points in 16 minutes. Hairston did not play in the fourth quarter. 

Jeremy Lin recorded his second consecutive game scoring in double figures with 12 points, and Jeremy Lamb sparked the team in his first action of the season, scoring 8 of his 11 points—including consecutive threes—in a 1:19 span in the second quarter.

Third-year pro Cody Zeller—who finished with five points and two rebounds—was a liability on the defensive end for the Hornets, as the team was a -27 when he was on the floor.

Hornets rookie Frank Kaminsky led the team with +9 on Friday. He tallied 5 points and three rebounds in 13 minutes.

Charlotte shot 40.9 percent from the field and 12-of-30 (40 percent) from the tree-point stripe, a drastic improvement after shooting 25 percent from three on Wednesday against the Miami Heat.

The teams combined for 35 turnovers—20 from Charlotte and 15 committed by the Hawks. Charlotte held the rebounding advantage at 54-45, including a 13-8 offensive board advantage.

Charlotte posted a 76.9 percentage from the charity stripe. Spencer Hawes was the only Hornet to miss free throws, going 0-3 on the night.

The two division foes will be back in action Sunday at 2 p.m. in Charlotte for the Hornets’ home opener.

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